“We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north,” Wilson said after asking again.
Rumsfeld replied that, “You go to war with the Army you have,” not the one you might want.
Didn’t Bush feed us lines about the best and most well-supplied fighting force in the world?
And, the defense chief added, armor is not always a savior in the kind of combat U.S. troops face in Iraq, where the insurgents’ weapon of choice is the roadside bomb, or improvised explosive device.
“You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up,” Rumsfeld said.
So… because they can get blown up, too, they shouldn’t worry so much about stopping those pesky bullets?
In his opening remarks, Rumsfeld stressed that soldiers who are heading to Iraq should not believe those who say the insurgents cannot be defeated or who otherwise doubt the will of the military to win.
That’s a gross oversimplification if I ever saw one. I’ve yet to meet a person who thinks we can’t eventually “win” in Iraq. The question becomes “winning” in the middle east, which is a bit like trying to drain a swamp, only now you’ve pissed off the alligators.